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Project Log:  Friday, August 31, 2012

Checking the new V-berth ceiling cleats earlier in the week after their installation, I discovered that one of the cleats had sprung away from the hull--the same one, in fact, that had done so earlier, while I was still involved in the installation.  As well as it had worked for all the other cleats, in this case the hot glue simply hadn't been able to hold the cleat in place for whatever reason.

So my first order of business was to remove the cleat and remnants of epoxy.  I used a chisel to remove the cleat (the two ends were firmly affixed), then sanded the hull clean in way of the cleat location.

after cleaning up and cutting a new cleat, I installed it, as before, with epoxy adhesive and some hot glue to hold it into the curvature of the hull.  This time, however, I added a brace across the boat to hold the center of the cleat firmly into the hull.  I still used the hot glue beneath the center of the cleat to prevent the brace from sliding the cleat under pressure.

Involved in several other things in and around the shop, I didn't get deeply involved with any major projects on the boat, but whittled away at some of the odd jobs that needed doing.   The exposed hull around the four deadlights in the forward cabin still needed to be framed in with support cleats, which I'd laid out and marked out earlier, but before installing the cleats I did a little surfacing work on the hull in the these areas. 

Since the hull would be exposed within these boxes, to be covered with paint, I wanted to make the exposed fiberglass a bit smoother and ultimately more attractive, so I installed a skim coat of surfacing putty, using a white acrylic putty made for bodywork.  I don't use this stuff often, but it is convenient to apply (from a tube) and quick-drying, and in this instance, where the surfaces were small and required minor surfacing only, and would be covered with regular enamel, I thought this material would be perfectly sufficient.  I applied the material only to the areas that would be exposed, and chose to do it now since it'd be easier to apply and sand the material before the cleats were installed around the perimeter.


Later, I sanded the areas and spot-applied additional surfacing compound in a few areas as required, this time a green version of the same stuff, except the green had an even quicker cure time.  Shortly thereafter, I sanded the areas smooth, completing the task.


Among assorted other odds and ends, I made a slight modification to the pilothouse underlayment.  At the forward end, I marked the plywood at a point halfway across the support beam at the forward end, and cut off the small sections forward of the line; these I permanently attached to the beam.  The reason I chose to do this was because I'd been thinking about routine removal of the floor for engine room access, and how the system would all work once the final surface and trim was installed, particularly at this forward end where a vertical panel over the forward access to the space would require trim to overlap the top; this would get awkward if the entire floor panels had to come up.

Meanwhile, I made slight modifications to and permanently (I hoped) secured three similar sections at the aft end of the pilothouse, which I'd cut off earlier but had found were in the way of removal of the cross beam at the aft end.  I hoped that slightly shortening the end pieces, to provide clearance for the beam to angle in and out of place, would make it possible to leave these secured to the beam.  I'd probably also cut them in a transverse way, reducing the amount the floor passed beneath the aft bulkhead, again for easier removal of the beam when necessary.  I'd originally let the pilothouse floor sections pass well into this space beneath the cockpit, but there was no need for so much overhang.

This is one of those simple things that is more difficult to describe than necessary, or than the process deserves, so I'll quit there.  None of the work this day was particularly exciting, but such drudgery must be completed at some point in order to move the whole project forward.

Total Time Today:  3.5 hours

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